The Woodlands Business Jul 2015
CONROE ISD PRINCIPALS NAMED AT MAY BOARD MEETING
The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the principals of two campuses at the May 19 board meeting. Melissa Hammond was named principal of Giesinger Elementary, and Christina Upshaw was named principal of Houston Elementary.
Melissa Hammond has served 15 of her 17 years in education in Conroe ISD. Prior to serving as assistant principal at Giesinger Elementary the past two years, Hammond taught for 13 years in the District. In her remarks to the Board, she stated how proud she is to be a Conroe ISD graduate and have her three children currently attending school in the District. “I am honored to serve the students, parents, staff, and the community as principal of Giesinger Elementary.”
Christina Upshaw is currently in her second year as assistant principal at Houston Elementary. She began her career in education 11 years ago and has been with Conroe ISD since 2010. Upshaw received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees and Educational Leadership certification from Stephen F. Austin State University.
“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve our students, staff, and community, and I am thankful for your confidence and trust. It is truly a blessing and I am excited about the great things we will accomplish together at Sam Houston Elementary,” Upshaw told the Board.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER NAMES OPERATION PETS ALIVE AS PARTNER
Montgomery County Animal Shelter (MCAS) has named Operation Pets Alive (OPA) as its nonprofit partner. Based on the premise of a “no-kill” community, OPA’s current focus is on the following programs:
Transports – Through OPA’s Flight for Life and Pups on Trucks transports local at-risk dogs and cats are moved from MCAS to northeast shelters, where family-friendly pets are adopted rapidly. OPA has transported over 2,300 dogs and cats since 2011, with the number increasing each year.
Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) – Feral (or roaming) cats taken to a shelter are typically killed. With TNR, feral cats are trapped, sterilized and vaccinated, then returned to their colonies or placed for adoption if necessary. A feral cat’s cropped left ear signifies it has been altered and vaccinated. With proper monitoring, feral cats can live long, happy lives and avoid crowding shelters.
Adoption Events – Since OPA does not have a physical shelter, it relies on offsite adoption events held at retailers such as Petco and Petsmart to place animals with local families. The partnership with MCAS will enable shelter dogs and cats to attend OPA off-site events.
Fostering – OPA’s robust fostering program includes long-term fosters who keep pets through medical treatment until they are ready for adoption and also includes short-term fosters who typically keep pets for roughly two weeks while they wait to be transported to other shelters. OPA provides the veterinary services for foster animals in their program through the use of community veterinary clinics. Through the partnership, OPA will also assist MCAS foster families when the shelter’s veterinary clinic is not able to provide the services themselves. For instance, the shelter does not have an X-ray machine, so when a pet has a suspected injury in which an X-ray is needed, OPA will cover that cost at an outside veterinary clinic.
Targeted Spay/Neuter – Reducing the intake of unplanned puppy litters is a crucial step to improving live-release rates. OPA has partnered with other groups and with veterinarians to provide low-cost spay/neuter for the county’s lower-income residents. OPA supports the county’s efforts to provide better access to low-cost spay/neuter services.
Montgomery County has contracted with a company called C.A.R.E. (Caring for Animals Reducing Euthanasia) Corporation, owned by veterinarians Dr. Aubrey Ross II and Dr. Diarra Blue, to manage shelter operations. C.A.R.E. is striving to move toward a no-kill community and hopes that the addition of OPA will serve to further that mission.
NEW LUXURY HOMES COMING TO GATED ENCLAVE OF THE WOODLANDS
Darling Homes, recently named 2014 Builder of the Year by The Woodlands Development Company, is expanding its presence in The Woodlands by adding 21 new, low-maintenance luxury homes in Timarron Lakes, the all-new gated enclave of Creekside Park.
With plans ranging from 1,900 – 3,200 square feet starting in the mid $300s, the new luxury homes with front yard maintenance included are expected to appeal to a broad range of buyers by combining a low-maintenance lifestyle home with luxury features and grand entertaining spaces.
Their location amidst the soaring East Texas pines alongside a chain of six scenic lakes make these new lifestyle homes among the most desirable in the area, according to Sue Wood, community sales manager for Darling Homes in The Woodlands. Residents of Timarron Lakes also enjoy a private clubhouse exclusive to the neighborhood.
“There are many buyers in the market for a highly featured luxury home without all the upkeep and maintenance of a big yard,” notes Wood. “This is an amazing value for new luxury homes in The Woodlands.”
Located on Kuykendahl Road just south of Woodlands Parkway, Timarron Lakes is just minutes from Creekside Park Village Center, The Woodlands’ newest shopping destination featuring a 100,000-square-foot H-E-B Creekside Market, restaurants, boutiques and office space.
It also is minutes from Market Street, The Woodlands Mall, Creekside Park YMCA and Outdoor Adventure Center, Rob Fleming Park & Aquatics Center and the George Mitchell Nature Preserve for hiking and birding.
PRE-SALES BEGIN FOR TREVISO AT WATERWAY SQUARE CONDOMINIUMS
On May 12 approximately 80 VIP’s gathered for a sneak peek of plans and renderings for Treviso at Waterway Square at the Insiders Event held at The Woodlands Information Center. Pre-sales have begun for The Woodlands’ first luxury high-rise condominium. The 84-unit, 23-story residential tower is centrally located on The Woodlands Waterway at Waterway Square adjacent to the highly anticipated The Westin, The Woodlands.
“There has been a great demand escalating for high-rise living in the heart of The Woodlands Town Center for the last few years, and we are excited to respond with development of Treviso at Waterway Square,” said Paul Layne, executive vice president of master planned communities for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Residents of Treviso will be within walking distance to nearby offices, restaurants, retail and the new Westin hotel coming to Waterway Square enabling them to live, work and play within this dynamic downtown setting.”
Treviso at Waterway Square ushers in a new style of living in The Woodlands in keeping with the charming village in northeast Italy for which it is named. Sharing numerous lifestyle features with its Italian namesake – from waterways and water features to bustling streets lined with bridges and arches and pedestrian piazzas just steps away from upscale restaurants and retail – Treviso delivers all of the benefits of sophisticated urban living. Further inspired by Italy’s reputation for beautiful, high-end fashion and sleek sports cars, Treviso will also blend classic and refined design with today’s top-of-the-line conveniences. The tower will combine Italian aesthetics and modern living through the architecture, décor, appliances, cabinets, millwork, textiles and stone.
With only four condominiums to each floor, spacious residences will range in size from 1,247 to more than 3,500 square feet and be available with one-, two- or three-bedrooms floorplans plus a study as well as four penthouses. Luxury amenities include an elegant lobby; an outdoor garden terrace with a pool; summer kitchen and fire pit ideal for gathering with family and friends; a state-of-the-art fitness center; secure storage areas; and covered private parking for residents.
“Treviso at Waterway Square will have a contemporary, European design to complement its town-square setting with shopping, dining, offices, parks, culture and entertainment all in walking distance and within one of the greatest mixed-use urban centers in the nation,” said Peter Doyle, executive vice president of strategic development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Residents will enjoy an entirely new way of life in The Woodlands with all the conveniences of a lock-and-leave lifestyle.”
The project is being developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Woodlands Development Company.
WOODFOREST OPENS NEIGHBORHOOD OF KINNERLY PEAK
Chesmar Homes and Perry Homes have begun presales in Kinnerly Peak, a new neighborhood in master-planned Woodforest. The two builders are offering designs for a new line of single-family floor plans in Woodforest, expanding the collection of choices available in the master-planned community. Both builders expect to open model homes early this summer.
Chesmar Homes has 10 designs from approximately 1,500 square feet to 2,500 square feet and priced from the $220,000s. The one- and two-story plans offer three and four bedrooms, island kitchens, game rooms and walk-in storage.
Perry Homes has nine floor plans priced from the $240,000s and sized from about 1,600 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Highlights of the designs include two-story foyers, upstairs game rooms, formal dining rooms and private offices.
The first section of Kinnerly Peak includes 67 homesites located within walking distance of Stewart Elementary in the community.
“With the nearby school and Kiddie Academy that will open next year just down the road, this is an ideal neighborhood for families with young children,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest. “The launch of Kinnerly Peak complements the array of housing choices already found
Woodforest has been named one of the nation’s 20 top-selling master-planned
communities for a third consecutive year. Pricing is from the $200,000s to the millions and 19 builders have opened 28 model homes in the development.
ACCENTURE PARTNERS WITH THE CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION
Accenture kicked-off a new sponsorship with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion by hosting clients and guests for an elegant one-night-only Five Courses, Five Senses pop-up dinner held on the stage, designed to delight all five senses of the participants. Chef Austin Simmons of Hubbell and Hudson provided a sneak peek at the new Cureight Chef’s Table menu with wine pairings. Guests enjoyed musical pairings from The Divisi Strings and a live painting performance by local Houston artist Rodd Quinn, all while taking in the sunset view from the stage.
THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES INCOMING CHAIRMAN
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce announces J.J. Hollie has been named Chairman of The Chamber’s Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 fiscal year beginning in September. Hollie is replacing Daniel Schroder who served as Chairman of the Board for the 2014-2015 term. Chairmen serve one-year terms.
“We are very excited to welcome J.J. Hollie as our in-coming Chairman. He brings a lot of knowledge to our Chamber and our community,” said Karen Hoylman, president and CEO of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. “His experience in business, legislative affairs, and serving as VP for our fund-raising projects makes him a great asset. We know he is the person to help us carry forward the good work our board and team leaders are doing in serving our fast-growth community.”
Hollie moved to Montgomery County in 2007 and has been active in The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce since. He graduated from Leadership Montgomery County in 2009, has served as the chair for the legislative team and as board member and vice president of financial viability for events such as Taste of the Town, golf tournament, and the Chairman’s Ball. He also serves on the Memorial Hermann Advisory Board, volunteers with Education for Tomorrow Alliance, and the Special Olympics.
“I am honored and humbled to be elected as Chairman of the Board and am looking forward to continuing the legacy and building on the foundation laid by everyone who has worked so hard to make this organization what it is today,” Hollie said.